School district removes Ann Frank Diary, Bible from libraries; receives immediate backlash


KELLER, TX – A school district in Fort Worth suburb of Keller identified dozens of books that were deemed to be potentially problematic. Among them, numerous books about LGBTQ and black characters.

Also included was Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation, which tells the story of the holocaust.

Another book potentially on the chopping block for Keller ISD is the Bible, in any form.

In total, 41 books were removed from school libraries and classes.

The school board plans to continue a review of the challenged publications.

In the board’s draft of a new policy on curriculum and instructional material says that their intent is to prohibit content that includes “horror, drug or alcohol use by minors, tobacco use, ‘glorification of suicide, self-harm or mental illness,’ and material considered sexually explicit from elementary schools,” according to the Dallas Morning News.

The district superintendent, Rick Westfall, told CBS DFW that he wants families to know that none of these books are being banned, they are simply going through a deeper scrutiny before being returned to libraries and classrooms.

Some of the books may wind up in a parental consent section, which is consistent with state requirements from the Texas Education Agency.

But many people are saying that the books need to be returned immediately.

The ACLU of Texas is even involved, demanding that the books all be returned to the shelves.

“We and our partner organizations are urging that they be out back out on shelves in order to comply with the first amendment,” ACLU of Texas Attorney Kate Huddleston said.

“So, 22 of the 41 books – more than half – relate to historically oppressed communities,” she said, with the majority being comprised by characters in the LGBTQ community. “…and then one of the books is Anne Franks’ diary – adaptation form – and it is about antisemitism and the Holocaust.”  

So, what led to each of these books being on the list?

They were either flagged by a community member or a parent of a KISD student as being problematic for one reason or another.

The entire list is available here.

Since this story broke mid-week, they have already made some decision and changes.

If you look at the list, you will find one single book that was identified as problematic twice. The first time in November of 2021 by a parent who withdrew their challenge two weeks later.

The second time, also challenged by a parent, was filed in February of 2022.

That challenge is still active, but as of Friday, August 19th, the Bible, along with Anne Frank’s Diary were returned to circulation. The district said that it would be kept in its current location.

So, what exactly was it that led two parents to challenge its existence within the district? The basis of the challenges has not been shared by the district, so we would be making assumption to address the motivation behind it.

However, we fail to grasp the inclusion of the Bible on the list given that the district has outlined what makes books go through deeper scrutiny.

They shared the criteria of “horror, drug or alcohol use by minors, tobacco use, ‘glorification of suicide, self-harm or mental illness,’ and material considered sexually explicit” as the fundamental to landing on the list. The draft also alludes to sexually explicit conduct.

Can anyone tell us where those items might be found in the Bible.

In the tweet thread by Laney Hawes shown above, she continued her diatribe by referring to the books being yanked thanks to the “extremist Christian nationalist school board.”

Because the modus operandi of Christians is to ban the Bible from school? According to Hawes, it must be.

But she is latching on to her 15 minutes of fame. It even landed her an interview on MSNBC.

She continues:

“We’re deeply concerned with the wording ‘glorifying mental illness,’ she wrote in a follow-up tweet. “We’re terrified it means accepting & celebrating anyone who isn’t cisgender. They love to call trans people mentally ill.”

But mentally ill is what a federal appeals court just deemed transgendered people to be. Transgender Americans are protected against discrimination by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Part of the basis of the court’s decision comes from the inclusion of gender dysphoria as a mental disorder.

“The American Psychiatric Association (APA) in a 2013 update of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — known as the DSM-5 – removed the diagnosis of gender identity disorder, replacing it with gender dysphoria — a diagnosis that did not exist when in 1990 when the ADA was adopted,” wrote The Hill in their coverage of the court case.

It remains to be seen how many of the books on the shelves within the Keller ISD campuses will make the cut. But it is abundantly clear that someone has an agenda. It remains to be seen of it is the school board or parents like Laney Hawes.

Report: Top librarians claim removal of books showing pornographic images to kids is “book banning”

UNITED STATES- According to reports, the majority of governing board members for the American Association of School Librarians have expressed that they believe the removal of alleged “pornographic images” from school libraries is akin to “book banning.”

The American Association of School Libraries (AASL), which is a branch of the American Library Association that specifically serves primary and secondary schools, is at the forefront of a contentious debate among parents over whether books with pornographic images and sexual a narratives belong in school libraries.

One of the books that is being considered as “inappropriate” by some parents is “Fun Home,” which shows images of oral sex and signs hanging in a bedroom that read “Lesbian Terrorist” and “Keep Your God Off My Body.”

A majority of the AASL’s Board of Directors posted to social media calling for all books to remain in school libraries. Several others reposted claims that the removal of books is anti-LGBT and advocated for purchasing more books that tell stories about underrepresented communities.

Sylvia Knight Norton, the executive director of the AASL’s board, retweeted a post that read:

“Is there anything more actual cancel culture than trying to get books banned from schools en masse because they make you feel uncomfortable or have a differing world view?”

Erika Long, the board’s secretary and treasurer, reposted a tweet that read, “I am so disgusted with this country.” She also retweeted a post that said “queer content is not pornographic.” The tweet read:

“Books with queer content aren’t inappropriate or pornographic. They’re books. Books belong in classrooms and school libraries. If a parent does not want his/her/their child to read a book, fine. But that parent has no right — no right — to say other kids cannot read those books.”

Long also retweeted that “School librarians do not purchase pornography for their collections.” Diane Chen, the division councilor for the board, also reposted claims that the calls to remove alleged pornography are hurting black and LGBTQ groups.

Chen also tweeted that an American Library Association conference in Salt Lake City provided members with a program on “history lesson[s] of the Black Panther Party.” The tweet reads:

“Kekla Magoon is giving librarians an essential history lesson of the Black Panther Party to disrupt the deliberate misconceptions embedded in our collective consciousness. They were grounded on collective action for justice, education & empowering the black community.”

Director-at-large Becky Calzada echoed the idea that “book banning” targets “books by BIPOC and LGBTQ+ authors.” President-elect Kathy Lester retweeted a claim that parents who want pornographic images removed from their schools have an “authoritarian impulse.”

“American Libraries,” the ALA’s publication, published an article by a Portland Community College librarian encouraging “critical librarianship,” which reportedly tells librarians to promote social justice in “every area” of their work including “reference to library instruction, collection development, cataloging, and storytime.”

The article reads, in part:

“Many librarians are thinking about how they can fight for social justice in their work, which raises the question of whether that work reflects the neutrality that has long been a value in our profession.”

According to the article, “critical librarianship” also upholds that “neutrality is not only unachievable, it is harmful to oppressed groups in our society.” The article added:

“In a world that is fundamentally unequal, neutrality upholds inequality and represents indifference to the marginalization of members of our community.”

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